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  • medit8ionsociety
    There was once a small boy who banged a drum all day... and loved every moment of it. He would not be quiet, no matter what anyone else said or did. Various
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 20, 2010
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      There was once a small boy who banged a drum all day...
      and loved every moment of it. He would not be quiet,
      no matter what anyone else said or did. Various people
      who called themselves Sufis, and other well-wishers,
      were called in by neighbors and asked to do something
      about the child.

      The first so-called Sufi told the boy that he would,
      if he continued to make so much noise, perforate his
      eardrums; this reasoning was too advanced for the
      child, who was neither a scientist nor a scholar. The
      second told him that drum beating was a sacred
      activity and should be carried out only on special
      occasions. The third offered the neighbors plugs for
      their ears; the fourth gave the boy a book; the fifth
      gave the neighbors books that described a method of
      controlling anger through biofeedback; the sixth gave
      the boy meditation exercises to make him placid and
      explained that all reality was imagination. Like all
      placebos, each of these remedies worked for a short
      while, but none worked for very long.

      Eventually, Mullah Nasrudein came along. He looked at
      the situation, handed the boy a hammer and chisel, and
      said, "I wonder what is INSIDE the drum?"
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